Dec. 22, 2012
Utah State Head Coach Stew Morrill…
“This was just a grind-it-out, physical affair between two pretty tired teams. We’ll feel good about getting the win, winning the tournament and going into Christmas break on a good note. Obviously not having Spencer (Butterfield) caused some lineup abnormalities, playing guys at a lot of positions. I thought our guys did a pretty good job of that. Southern Illinois is well-coached; they’re rugged. They’re under-sized, but they give you problems with their athleticism. Having Kyisean (Reed) have a big game and Preston (Medlin) have two really good games in a row gave us enough to get the win. We’ll take it.”
Senior Forward Kyisean Reed…
You were an all-Tournament selection last year and this year you are MVP…
“It is really not just my award; it is my teammates’ award as well because they had a big part of my success.”
You were very calm tonight in the post against a much smaller defender…
“I was just taking my time. They left him on an island, and I was able to take advantage of that.”
Do you remember playing this much zone in a basketball?
“Most of the time we change our defense a lot, but tonight we were making a lot of our shots so we were able to set up and play zone.”
Southern Illinois Head Coach Barry Hinson…
“They did one thing – they made their minds up that they were going inside and they took advantage of it. They really took advantage of Jeff (Early) and Josh (Swan). They doubled up on Swan. We didn’t double up on 34 (Kyisean Reed). We felt like we can’t double guys with Dantiel (Daniels) because we get him in foul trouble. It’s just about the product of our size. In all honesty when I went into the locker room, I thought we played pretty hard. We made them turn the ball over. We need some help on the perimeter.”
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